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Sea Ray 390 Sundancer Review [2010] - DOWNTOWN EXPRESS
Sea Ray 390 Sundancer Review [2010] - DOWNTOWN EXPRESS
Discovering Chicago's waterfront attractions aboard a Sea Ray 390 Sundancer. Sometimes, you just want to get aboard your boat and put as much distance as possible between yourself and civilization. But on other occasions, getting away from it all could mean setting yourself right in the center of the action - docking within walking distance of museums, theaters and major league sporting events and enjoying world-class dining, shopping and night life. That's exactly where I found myself last July, floating just a tee shot away from the eastern façade of Chicago's Soldier Field and within walking distance of the Windy City's numerous urban attractions. This downtown getaway was actually a bonus, a fortunate addition to a research project, but that didn't make it any less enjoyable.
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Cabo 35 - Cat's Meow: Power and Motoryacht By Chris Caswell
Cabo 35 - Cat's Meow: Power and Motoryacht By Chris Caswell
Here's the situation: you're the owners of a company that built a sailboat picked by Fortune magazine as the best in America. You've sold the company and, because of a non-compete clause, you can't build sailboats, but you've always liked fishing. What do you do? If you're partners Henry Mohrschladt and Mike Howarth, you decide to build the best sportfishing boat in the world. You look at what's available, bring in top saltwater fishermen as consultants, pull together a skilled crew of builders, and create the Cabo 35, a boat some companies might want to study as a model for how a boat ought to be built.
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CABO 35 Solid Quality and Attention to Detail - Salt Water Sportsman
CABO 35 Solid Quality and Attention to Detail - Salt Water Sportsman
Salt Water Sportsman By Jim Hendricks Taking the new Cabo 35 out fishing was actually the final step of an in-depth look at this new sportfisher that had begun several months earlier in the middle of the California Desert. That's when I first saw the Cabo 35, at the facility of Cat Harbor boats near the high-desert town of Victorville, some two hours east of Los Angeles. Still under construction and less than half assembled, the innards of hold number one were almost completely exposed. They couldn't hide anything. Now at the helm of the finished product, heading passed in the Newport Beach Jetty, I had a rare opportunity to test the same boat I had seen built from the keel up.
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Marquis 500 Sport Bridge Review - LOW IN PROFILE, HIGH IN STYLE
Marquis 500 Sport Bridge Review - LOW IN PROFILE, HIGH IN STYLE
A few months ago Marquis Yachts introduced a sport bridge version of its well received Marquis 500. We took a scenic cruise onboard the yacht this winter and found out it is possible to combine looks and the conveniences of a fly bridge On a 50-footer. The Marquis 500 Sport Coupe made its debut at the Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach in 2008. The European-styled yacht features streamlined lines with curves just where you'd want them to be, wide expanses of glass, a stylish interior and a sun roof, one of several similarities with a stylish roadster.
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Tiara 3900 Open Review - NO COMPROMISE
Tiara 3900 Open Review - NO COMPROMISE
For fishing or cruising, Tiara's new 3900 Open upholds the company's long tradition of excellence... In the late 1970s it occurred to Leon Slikkers, founder of Tiara Yachts, that people shouldn't have to choose between cruising and fishing boats, that one boat could incorporate the assets of both- and the Tiara Open series was born. Having pioneered a blueprint for versatility, Tiara has continued to refine this dual-purpose concept without sacrificing seaworthiness, culminating in the brand-new 3900.
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Marquis 500 Sport Bridge Review - ON THE FLY
Marquis 500 Sport Bridge Review - ON THE FLY
Marquis Yachts' 500 Sport Bridge takes excitement to a whole new level... Just when you thought Marquis' 50 couldn't get any sexier, along comes the 500 Sport Bridge-a sleek, high-performance flybridge yacht-based on last year's 500 Sport Coupe (see Southern Boating July 2008). Building on the success of its stylish 50-foot coupe, Marquis takes the cruiser to new heights with a design that satisfies the boat owner who enjoys operating and entertaining in the elements.
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FULL CIRCLE
FULL CIRCLE
Written by John Janowiak | Photography courtesy of Mike Finn Mike Finn will never forget his first extended boat trip along the Northwest coast. “The trip of ’82 is a trip I’ve talked about all my life,” he says. Years from now, his sons can say the same about their great trip of 2009. In April, Brandon and Casey, ages 14 and 7, hopped into their dad’s brand-new Meridian 490 and made the trip of a lifetime: a 10-day, 1,250-mile adventure from Portland, Oregon, to their hometown of Sitka, on the Alaska Panhandle.
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VENTURING TOPSIDE
VENTURING TOPSIDE
Written by Roger Kamholz | Photography courtesy of Peter Walton Far-flung New Zealanders aboard a Meridian 459 complete a Northern Hemisphere classic: America’s Great Loop. This photo essay tells the story. The Great Loop, perhaps the most storied American boating journey, takes passengers on a far-reaching tour of lakes and waterways as they circle the eastern U.S., skirt the Gulf of Mexico and graze southern Canada. For the past year, those waters were a second home to Peter and Lyn Walton of Auckland, New Zealand. The couple completed the Loop—with stops in the Bahamas for relaxation—aboard their brand new 459, purchased from MarineMax Cape Haze, in Florida. After their unforgettable trip, the Waltons recently shipped the yacht to Auckland, where they continue to explore new and familiar waters alike.
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Meridian Lines Volume 1 Issue 1
Meridian Lines Volume 1 Issue 1
The journey begins. Meridians intersect. Whether they’re yachts or lines of longitude. They also diverge and go their own way, mainly because the world is vast and there’s much ground—actually mostly water—to cover. Meridian Yachts has pursued its own course for close to 10 years—high time to start celebrating. What better way to do that than by committing the Meridian story to print? And that’s not simply the story of a company; far from it. It’s the story—many stories, really—of a rather small but steadily growing community of Meridian Yacht owners whose exacting tastes and demand for quality all led them to the same wise decision. Meridian Lines is the place to carry on that celebration.
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Marquis 500 Sport Bridge Review - BEST OF BOTH WORLDS
Marquis 500 Sport Bridge Review - BEST OF BOTH WORLDS
The Marquis 500 Sport Bridge melds the best of European design and American craftsmanship... The boat's sweeping curves, low radar arch and even the forward-bent stainless-steel stanchions of the bow rail were clearly European design traits, but it was the yacht's overall visual appeal that left little doubt in my mind of its origin. There was the slight break in the sheer line near the bridge, the angled cabin sides, the reverse transom and even the unusual engine vents. Looking at the new Marquis 500 Sport Bridge, my eyes never seemed to rest in one place. It seemed a stunning example of Italian yacht art. Yet this Marquis 500 Sport Bridge was built in Pulaski, Wisconsin.
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Meridian 441 Sedan Review - Cruising Made Easy
Meridian 441 Sedan Review - Cruising Made Easy
Meridian's new 441 Sedan is a major redesign of a popular model that offers lots more room - and lots more control - for better boating. Meridian 's 411 had been one of the company's most popular models, with over 300 boats sold since its introduction five years ago. Its replacement, the new 441 Sedan, has essentially the same two-stateroom layout and most of the older boat's key features, but it 's even more cruiser-friendly. The new 441 has noticeably more living and storage space, a joystick docking system and a host of features designed to make life aboard easier and more enjoyable.
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Sea Ray 48 Sundancer Review - Onboard Power
Sea Ray 48 Sundancer Review - Onboard Power
One of the sweetest, most luxurious express cruisers on the market today... The queen of the Sea Ray’s Sundancer line is its sleek and sporty 48-footer with a trademark drop bow and long, sweeping reverse sheer. This is a yacht that will appeal to many, though perhaps mostly to successful Baby Boomers—people who have worked hard, made some money and now want to enjoy the fruits of their labors with a showy, comfortable high-end yacht they can share with friends and family. The 48 Sundancer is also a great party boat, with a huge cockpit/helm area and a single-level interior that is well suited to entertaining. The cozy, plush and spacious interior and heated, covered helm area with standard canvas back indicate that this is more than a Florida fun-in-the-sun yacht. Founded in 1959, Knoxville, Tennessee-based Sea Ray is part of the Brunswick Corporation, which also owns Bayliner, Boston Whaler, Hatteras, Maxum, Meridian and many other lines of popular recreational craft.
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Hatteras 64 Motor Yacht Review - Lakeland Boating Oct 2007
Hatteras 64 Motor Yacht Review - Lakeland Boating Oct 2007
By Dave Mull Well-mannered and elegant, yet built to handle heavy seas. I'll admit it. I get an evil sense of satisfaction when my friends scowl and slowly shake their heads when they find out how I spent my day on the job. After sea-trialing Hatteras’s 64 MY, I swapped job stories with my pharmaceutical plant managing friend Leo. His day sucked, and, needless to say, when I told him that I spent the day on a boat in Grand Haven, Michigan, he was jealous. “What kind of boat?” he asked.
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Sea Ray 55 Sundancer Review - NEWPORT NEWS
Sea Ray 55 Sundancer Review - NEWPORT NEWS
Red Jacket, blue blood... If you’re like me, you’re wearing shredded deck shoes and a boat show T-shirt and think you’re all that— and a bag of chips. Well, that’s only if your boat looks good. Stand at the helm of Sea Ray’s new 55 Sundancer, and no one will question your attire. Beneath its arctic white gel coat and vinylester resin, the 55 Sundancer is built and equipped to make even serious wrench-heads smile. Of course, a couple of things earned a frown. The mast light should be hinged, which would let it fold down and decrease bridge clearance by nearly a foot.
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Back Cove 33 Review - Mission Impeccable
Back Cove 33 Review - Mission Impeccable
Elegant design and superior engineering in one neat package... First impressions of a yacht should ideally come in conditions close to how it will be used, so the first full day of spring should have been perfect for touring the sights of Casco Bay off Portland, Me., on hull number one of the Back Cove 33. But spring in New England can be cruel, one day showing us what's in store as summer approaches; another day, reminding us that winter is still in charge. And this was "another" day. The temperature at 0830 was 17 degrees Fahrenheit. Though brilliant sunlight streamed through the large windows of the pilothouse to warm my face and shoulders, it was still not enough to coax the hat off my head.
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CHARLIE PENCE Smells the Roses on The Jefferson Yachts 60’ Marquessa
CHARLIE PENCE Smells the Roses on The Jefferson Yachts 60’ Marquessa
Since retiring from the excavation business, hardworking, responsible Charlie Pence of Avon, Indiana has set out to “live the dream” on his third Jefferson Yacht, a 60’ Marquessa. Currently planning his second winter on board Destination Unknown, Pence now embraces a more nomadic lifestyle. Cruising at an unhurried pace, the 67-year-old wanderer foresees another wonderful winter spent cruising from Green Turtle Bay on Barkley Lake in Kentucky to Florida’s Key West and back. “I have always had the dream to get on a boat and travel from marina to marina and stay where I wanted for a day or for a month,” said Pence. “This will be the first year I haven’t had to hurry back.
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THE JEFFERSON YACHTS 50’ SE RIVANNA TAKES THE MITCHELLS RIVER CRUISING
THE JEFFERSON YACHTS 50’ SE RIVANNA TAKES THE MITCHELLS RIVER CRUISING
by Leslee Jaquette, Cruising Lifestyles 2007 In the five weeks since taking delivery of their new 50’ Rivanna SE, John and Ann Mitchell of Rochester, Minn., have logged 210 hours on the engines and cruised more than 3,000 miles. Retired in 1991 from the Mayo Clinic, the nephrologist (kidney doctor) recalled that one of the main reasons he and Ann retired at age 61 was to spend more time boating. “After our long journey this spring, we decided to enjoy the Rivanna all summer on our home rivers,” said Mitchell. “We want to sit on the aft deck and laugh to ourselves when we overhear people say, ‘Look at those old folks, I’ll bet they never go anywhere.’” Self-described “river rats,” Mitchell explained that they enjoyed every mile of their recent expedition, which involved a drop-off delivery and a pick-up delivery. 
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Santa Bring Me A New Cabo 40 -The Red Sled Motorboating By Captain Stuart Reininger
Santa Bring Me A New Cabo 40 -The Red Sled Motorboating By Captain Stuart Reininger
MY old delivery partner had a passion for sportfishing boats. Whenever the chance came along to deliver one, he'd jump at it, usually by offering the owner a deal he couldn't refuse. We moved a lot of battlewagons over the years deep-V designs with wave-slicing entries and relatively narrow beams. Many of them rode bow-high with lousy forward visibility and, in any kind of sea, would pound our knees into our teeth. But that's the nature of the beast. All boats are trade-offs weight for range, low profile for interior acreage and sportfishermen are built to run out to the fishing grounds fast, with comfort and livability coming in a distant second.
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Riviera Yachts 51 Enclosed Flybridge Review - HIGHER FLYER
Riviera Yachts 51 Enclosed Flybridge Review - HIGHER FLYER
Riviera's pleasing enclosed flybridge sportfish convertible... Riviera Yachts has been busy this year. In the spring I reviewed the Australian builder's new 60-foot Enclosed Flybridge convertible and already a wave of new products is reaching our shores. One of the most interesting rides in this neet is the 60's smaller sister- the new 51-foot Enclosed Flybridge convertible. As I noted in my review of the 60, it is something of a trick adding an enclosed bridge to a convertible design without compromising its appearance. Riviera avoided this trap with the 60- she is a good-looking boat. Ditto with the new 51. I think the folks Down Under are definitely onto something.
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Riviera Yachts 51 Enclosed Flybridge Review - TOTAL FASCINATION
Riviera Yachts 51 Enclosed Flybridge Review - TOTAL FASCINATION
I'd hoped for one big marlin, but five in three days? Boat testing can be a subjective game, simply because we testers don't have complete control over the test conditions. Whether it's caused by time constraints, weather conditions, or location, sometimes we have to draw on our own experiences, knowledge of hull design and gut instinct, to give readers an educated and informed report about a new boat. 
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Gemini 105MC Catamaran Review: Capt. Ron - South Winds
Gemini 105MC Catamaran Review: Capt. Ron - South Winds
Gemini 105: A Good Coastal Cruiser that has Evolved Over Time. This boat may be unique in the history of boatbuilding: a boat that has slowly and steadily evolved over time as owners suggested improvements and the builder/designer incorporated those ideas that he considered worthwhile. That’s what you have in the newer model Geminis: Essentially, it’s a boat designed by committee. Originally, the boat was a 30-foot cruising catamaran, and it has now evolved into a 34- foot cruising catamaran with an expressed emphasis on cruiser—not that these boats aren’t raced, as they are. It’s just not intended to be a racer. It’s designed as a cruiser, and the boat does measure up very well as a cruiser. 
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Sea Ray 36 Sedan Bridge Review - SOCIAL STRUCTURE
Sea Ray 36 Sedan Bridge Review - SOCIAL STRUCTURE
FRESH OUT OF THE BOX. Like many of you, I prefer a galley-down floor plan, such as the one on Sea Ray's 36 Sedan Bridge. Why? It clearly separates the dining, socializing, and food preparation areas. It creates privacy while retaining that together feeling. In a larger boat, galley-up may be the better choice, but in boats less than 45' long I believe having the galley down makes for a more dynamic and energetic social environment. And why else do you buy a bridge boat if not to better accommodate a crowd?
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Yanmar 4JH2-HTBE Diesel Marine Engine Information and Specifications
Yanmar 4JH2-HTBE Diesel Marine Engine Information and Specifications
Another superb engine to help complete the JH rangeThis 56.0kW engine inherits the many fine characteristics of the JH range. Low weight, many advanced engineering features and a space-creating low profile give undreamed of space. Four close-pitched cylinders form a compact block while a shorter skirt drops engine height. Sleeveless cylinder walls allow a big bore of 82mm. With the improved power/weight ratio is a better fuel consumption, one of the advantages of its precise direct injection system.
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Gemini 105MC Catamaran Review: Duncan Kent -
Gemini 105MC Catamaran Review: Duncan Kent - "Slippery space ship" - Sailing Today
How do you build a cat with ocean-going potential for the price of a monohull of the same length? Duncan Kent sails the popular Gemini 105, which defies economic logic and continues to satisfy the demands of bluewater cruising families the world over. The Gemini 105 was designed by the well known racing skipper, Tony Smith, who started building multihulls way back in 1965. Later in his career, after launching his successful Telstar, he moved from the UK to the USA in 1980, launched Performance Cruising, and added the Gemini to his portfolio. Since then the design has incorporated numerous updates and modifications and recently evolved into the 105Mc. 
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Sea Ray 36 Sedan Bridge Review - THE SWEET LIFE
Sea Ray 36 Sedan Bridge Review - THE SWEET LIFE
I was able to spend almost an entire day aboard the new Sea Ray 36 Sedan Bridge, cruising from Miami to Stuart, Fla.- a glorious day with a northwest breeze and a two- to three-foot chop along the coastline. Life on the bridge was sweet. It would have been sweeter still if there had been an angled cushion at the port end of the aft bench, but as is, the U-shaped seats on this bridge are very comfortable. Pedestal and corner tables with inlaid teak make it an inviting alfresco entertaining/ dining area. Of course, the bridge can be entirely enclosed.
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Meridian 391 Sedan Review - LIVE IT UP
Meridian 391 Sedan Review - LIVE IT UP
Cruising goes high style on Meridian's new 391 Sedan... Launching a new family -or couples- oriented sedan at a time when the market is rife with attractive cruising- capable designs from both sides of the Atlantic is a project not to be taken lightly. To succeed, the builders must ensure that the owners of this new yacht design must immediately feel comfortable in their new surroundings, at home with the spaces where they plan to spend time relaxing and reading, dining, listening and watching and enjoying the great outdoors. And this comfort must continue once the power cords have been disconnected and the docklines have been cast off. No one knows this better than the designers of Meridian Yachts, whose new 391 Sedan Bridge debuted late last year following careful collaboration with its customers and dealers. Based on my recent experiences with this and other Meridian yachts, the 391 may be its most livable, cruisable sedan to date.
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Tiara 3000 Open Review - HOOKED
Tiara 3000 Open Review - HOOKED
Tiara's 3000 Open is great for fishing- and families... Ft. Lauderdale's Port Everglades Inlet is like a boat designer's runway, where you see some of the best, the hottest and the ultra-fashionable. One windy spring Sunday, they were all out there, the mega yachts and the muscle boats, but dominating the scene were the fishing craft, every type you can imagine. They were blasting through white-capped rollers in a feeding frenzy, yet the model that seemed to garner the most attention was the Tiara 3000 Open, which I just happened to be riding in.
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Nordic Tug 37 Review - POWER PROFILE 2006
Nordic Tug 37 Review - POWER PROFILE 2006
A tug with a little panache... Whatever big waters boaters have faced, Nordic Tug has been providing sturdy and reliable vessels to take on the challenge for more than 25 years. The Nordic Tug 37 is no exception. This tug can eat up anything Canada’s coastlines or Great Lakes want to dish out. Just like its siblings, the 37 offers both practicality and style, while utilizing all the power and brawn of a traditional tug boat. On the smaller side of Nordic Tugs models, which range in size from 32 to 52 feet, the 37 boasts all the qualities upon which the company has built its reputation: performance, safety and reliability.
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Silverton 45 Convertible Review - WARM WELCOME
Silverton 45 Convertible Review - WARM WELCOME
Civility meets ability... Crash pumps, straight-shaft diesel inboards, and surge tubes on the exhausts are just some of the features that make the Silverton 45C at home a hundred miles from shore- just like any good convertible fishboat. Yet its large swim platform, relatively low horsepower engines, and opulent three-stateroom, two-bead accommodations make its cruising mission as large and clear as its expansive cabin windshield. Oh, this boat will hunt, but it's also happy romping around a field.
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Tiara 4300 Sovran Review - THE REVOLUTIONARY IPS
Tiara 4300 Sovran Review - THE REVOLUTIONARY IPS
The first boat in the U.S. specifically designed for IPS... Tiara took a revolutionary step by equipping the 4300 Sovran with Volvo Penta's Inboard Performance System. This model was the first American boat to be designed from the keel up specifically for IPS drives. IPS is the innovative drive system that puts the horse before the cart, so to speak, by placing the propellers in front of the drive housing. The idea is to put the props in clean water, unaffected by turbulence from anything hanging off the bottom of the hull.
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Island Packet 440 Review - All Bases Covered
Island Packet 440 Review - All Bases Covered
For many sailors, the Island Packet 440 will fill the bill as a rugged, long-legged passagemaker Brand loyalty, an accountant will tell you, is an intangible asset, but around an Island Packet display at a boat show, it's palpable: a living, breathing demonstration of how it can boost a company's balance sheet by contributing to the value of "goodwill." Among owners of Island Packets, brand loyalty verges on the cultish. Island Packet Owners identify with the company and each other, most visibly at the well-attended regional rendezvous, notorious for their extravagant raft-ups.
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Meridian 341 Review - CROWD PLEASER
Meridian 341 Review - CROWD PLEASER
Meridian 341: A roomy and maneuverable sedan bridge that the whole crew will love... *TWIN 320-HP GASOLINE MERCRUISER HORIZON MX 6.2L MPI INBOARDS FOR TEST. TO VIEW SEA TRIAL FOR TWIN 240HP CUMMINS 4B-250 DIESEL INBOARDS , CLICK HERE* It's the smallest model in the builder's line of nine boats, but like its larger siblings, the all-new Meridian 341 was designed for this mission: To make cruising more enjoyable with areas that are more livable. Functional spaces. More comfort. These are the qualities you'll find on the latest sedan bridge from this popular American boat builder.
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Mainship 34 Trawler Review - The Main Event 2005 PassageMaker Magazine
Mainship 34 Trawler Review - The Main Event 2005 PassageMaker Magazine
Newest in the Mainship trawler line is its midsized 34, a boat I predict is going to be as popular as the 900 34-foot cruisers Mainship built between 1978 and 1988. For many couples, the earlier Mainship 34 (a version of which was called the Nantucket) was the epitome of a no-frills cruising classic, capable of doing just about any adventure most owners might undertake, economically and safely. The new Mainship 34 is a hugely updated version of that classic. Let’s face it, most couples can do more with less, and in the case of the new Mainship, that means an easy-to-handle boat that offers not a floating hotel, but a terrific value in a trawler designed for a couple. Available with various engine packages to satisfy a range of performance desires, the Mainship 34 is about ideal for that low-maintenance summer home. The basic boat has lots of neat features, and it is refreshing to talk about a boat that puts simplicity ahead of other elements. Let’s go aboard…
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Island Packet 445 Review - Under Way and Livin' Large
Island Packet 445 Review - Under Way and Livin' Large
The Island Packet 445 delivers the solid comfort and ease of use that have become the hallmark of designs by Bob Johnson DISCUSSING THE ISLAND PACKET 445 during the 2005 Boat of the Year contest, judge Alvah Simon noted that designer Bob Joh nson has created an "almost cult like following" among buyers of his boats, who love his approach to creating solid, well-equipped cruising craft. No small reason for the company's success is Island Packet's exclusive stem-to-stern three-year limited warranty. Also, new boats are covered by 10-year limited warranties on the hand-laminated solid-fiberglass hull and the PolyCored deck.
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West Bay Sonship 54/50 Review - IN SYNCH
West Bay Sonship 54/50 Review - IN SYNCH
The West Bay 50/54 blends the builder's custom yacht expertise in a midsize raised pilothouse that's just right for a couple... West Bay Sonship Yachts is a family business. Ben Vermeulen founded the company in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1967 and ran it for many years with the help of his wife, Leidy. Today, their children-sons Wes and Bas, daughter Rochelle and their respective families- manage the operation. At West Bay, family comes first, and that philosophy extends to the way this company builds its boats, including its newest model, the 50/54 Raised Pilothouse.
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Contender 36 Fish Around Review - PLAYING TOUGH
Contender 36 Fish Around Review - PLAYING TOUGH
Fishability meets civility... Contender boats are noted for showing up high in the standings in the big-money kingfish tournaments- and for good reason. They're light, fast, and tough. What they're not known for, however, is being family friendly. With the new 36 Fish Around, that could be changing. The interior of the boat looks a bit like a cross between a walkaround and a center console, but the sidedecks and foredecks are much deeper and broader than the norm. And unlike most walkarounds, this boat is eye candy, with sleek fairing on the cabin and console and a low-slung smoked Plexiglas windscreen. The design is functional, too. By bringing the sides of the console area well aft, a spray-proof mini-enclosure is created. There's still plenty of air circulating, but you're not going to get wet.
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Tiara Sovran 4300 - DIAMOND CUTTER
Tiara Sovran 4300 - DIAMOND CUTTER
The shape of things to come? I tested Tiara's Sovran 4300 powered by Volvo Penta's new Inboard Propulsion System (IPS). I've read in other magazines that IPS is "revolutionary;' "innovative;' and in the ad-kissing pronouncement I like best, "will stand the inboard boat industry on its ear." Get a grip. IPS is remarkable. IPS is noteworthy. IPS has advantages. But in concept, it isn't even new. BOATING reviewed a progenitor, the Yachting Level Drive, in our August 1963 issue, and ships have used Z-drives with the props mounted forward for years. So let's get down to what IPS is-and isn't-and give the Sovran 4300 a thorough review at the same time.
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Morris 48 Review - A Gentleman's Racer
Morris 48 Review - A Gentleman's Racer
I could produce over a hundred reviews of Chuck Paine designs. A 40-footer that's being finished up for the Cabo Rico company is design number 112! Among all those rolls of blueprints, virtually every one is intriguing enough to warrant publication.
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Sea Ray 48 Sundancer Review - TIMELY DANCER
Sea Ray 48 Sundancer Review - TIMELY DANCER
Sea Ray adds the latest trends in yacht design to its popular line of express cruisers and fashions a real stunner- the new 48 Sundancer. Most people I know wouldn't wait in line for an hour to take a short, out-and-back spin on a boat, particularly in 50-degree temperatures. Yet that's what dozens of guests did when Sea Ray opened up the new 48 Sundancer for test rides at its two-day, invitation-only Yacht Expo in November. Despite the fact that the line to board the 48 snaked around the docks at the builder's Merritt Island, Florida facility, the curious were determined to get a close look at this new luxury express yacht.
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Tiara 4300 Sovran Review - PRIZE PACKAGE
Tiara 4300 Sovran Review - PRIZE PACKAGE
Built explicitly for Volvo Penta's revolutionary new IPS propulsion system, the Tiara Sovran 4300 is in a league of its own... I was psyched! I've probably tested a dozen new Tiara yachts over the years, but never with the degree of anticipation I felt as I arrived at Galati Yacht Sales in Destin, Florida, with Dave Walsh, Tiara's marketing director, to sea-trial the new Tiara Sovran 4300. My curiosity was intense because this boat had been built entirely around Volvo Penta's radically new Inboard Performance System (IPS)- a diesel propulsion package whose drives mount beneath the boat, rather than on its transom, and whose four Duoprop propellers face forward rather than aft (See Motorboating, January). The concept is revolutionary, I was about to witness the application.
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